March 24, 2009, - 10:25 am

Whiny USA Today Sports Columnist: “Why No Women’s Bracket From Obama?”

By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re familiar with USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, then you remember her as the extremely masculine chick who made a federal case (with her butch friend Martha Burk), back in 2003, out of Augusta National not having female members. She lost. And all of her feminist fights for the brush-cut pseudo-female set in the sports world are losers, as is she.
Dumped from her little-read perch as a Washington Post sports columnist, Brennan was picked up by the McLiberals at USA Today, where she’s whined in print on and on and on with the same old message:

Figure skating and male-looking, substandard “chick” basketball players–good; men in any sport (especially football)–bad . . . veeeery bad.

I debated Brennan on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” back in 2003, regarding Augusta National and female golfer Annika Sorenstam getting special exemption entry in men’s tournaments, and I wiped the floor with her. She resorted to having a temper tantrum over my earpiece once we were off the air, consisting of her slurry of C- and F-words (and calling me dumb, to which I responded that I’m a member of MENSA and she’s a member of DENSA). Yup, a class act, this one.

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USA Today Sports Columnist Christine Brennan (right) (With “Special Friend” Billie Jean King):

Upset Obama Didn’t Fill Out Butch Hoopsterette Bracket

Now Brennan is whining that Barack Hussein Obama only did his ridiculous NCAA basketball tournament bracket for the men’s tournament and not the wannabe men a/k/a the college “women”‘s basketball players.
Lady (at least we think you’re a lady, but only your physician knows for sure), no one cares about the chick hoopsters. I can’t name a single one. And I challenge my readers to do the same.
It reminds me of a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” sketch years ago, in which Kevin Nealon and someone else play ESPN sports analysts forced to call the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. At first, they majorly screw up on the names, and then they finally admit it’s an embarrassment to be sentenced to this horrible work. And that’s the truth. No-one in sports broadcasting wants to do play-by-play of the women’s games because they know it’s like doing community cable television.
Here’s Brennan’s not-so-fine whine, which is so inane that it didn’t get it’s own web page and is merely a sidebar:

As the father of two athletic daughters, President Obama should know all about the importance of sports for women and girls.
Which is why he should have filled out not only a men’s NCAA tournament bracket but also a women’s tournament bracket in his well-publicized appearance on ESPN last week.
I realize the men’s tournament is much more popular than the women’s, and Obama is a big men’s hoops fan and avid player, but the fact remains there is another top-notch college basketball tournament going on at the same time, and he absolutely should have acknowledged it.

“Top-notch”? College Women’s Basketball? What’s this woman smoking?

He also should have insisted on saying his bracket was for the “men’s NCAA tournament.”
Those who don’t use that pesky little adjective — and you know who you are — are acting as if there’s no women’s tournament at all, or it’s so beneath them, it’s not worth mentioning.

You got that right. Hey, it’s true what they say about that broken clock.

This is rather silly. It is 2009, after all.
While we’re on the subject of adjectives, why do some schools still insist on calling their women’s teams “Lady” this or “Lady” that? Is there any men’s team out there that calls itself the “Gentlemen” (add the nickname)? Of course not. The best-known of the tea-and-crumpets set is the Lady Vols, who were upset by Ball State Sunday night in a tough, bruising, very unladylike game.
Defenders claim the use of “Lady” is tradition. It might be that, but it’s also degrading and entirely unnecessary.

Yeah, why do they call these butch freaks of nature, “lady”? She does have a point there. If you’ve ever accidentally turned your television to a channel featuring this substandard sequence of slow-motion underhanded shots, you’d know there isn’t nary a real lady in the bunch.
By the way, at the bottom of her column–surprise!–there’s this:

Click here for blog updates from the World Figure Skating Championships

Then, there’s this:

Click here for Twitter updates from skating

Hmmm . . . I wonder what the line in Vegas is on figure skating. Hint: There isn’t a line. And if they aren’t betting on it in Vegas, it’s not sports of any import.
Hint #2: If women are playing in it, it’s not sports of any import.
Christine Brennan, typical WNBA season ticket holder.

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9 Responses

Deb,
You nailed here with that “DENSA” line. Brennan is a dunce! Just look at the stupid ratings this crap gets (errr… doesn’t get). Even the Women’s Final 4 is a complete Nielsen Flatline.

Yiddish Steel on March 24, 2009 at 11:39 am

Women sports only get high ratings in the Olympics such as figure skating and gymnastics where national pride comes into play. Similar to women’s basketball run by lesbians, men’s gymnastics and men’s figure skating is run by gays. All these HOMOSEXUAL dominated sports fields usually get terrible ratings. Society wants wants women competing in feminine activities and men competing in masculine activities.

californiascreaming on March 24, 2009 at 11:40 am

Gosh darn! I totally forgot to watch the women’s basketball this week! I was so into the men’s quilt-making competition, I forgot all about it.

Tempus Fugit on March 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Californiascreaming,
We rarely agree on much, but your analysis on the current state of women’s sports is so spot on! My next door neighbor recently pulled his daughter out of basketball tryouts and placed her in track because during basketball tryouts, the other girls told her she was too “cute and prissy” to play. What a sad state of affairs….
Now, I grew up as a fan of women’s athletics. When I was in school, some of the same pretty and fine girls who were cheerleaders or on the dance/drill team also played on the basketball and volleyball teams. So me with my raging teenage hormones used to love to go watch them in action. I know I may be branded as sexist, but for me, the intriguing and sexy thing about women’s athletics is watching that combination of beauty, athleticism, and power. However, “things done changed”, as my grandfather would say. Once female basketball players started wearing those long shorts and looking “mannish”, the game lost its appeal for me.
But it ain’t just me. The “butch” element is and will cause women’s athletics to lose its appeal to the mass audience if they’re not careful. I wish women’s sports governing bodies would recognize this, but maybe it would be too politically correct to act on it. (is the outrageous WWE the only “sports” entity that recognizes the crowd appeal and marketing value of presenting women as not only strong and athletic, but also very sexy and feminine as well?) Well, maybe Women’s Pro Tennis does recognize, since they still have the short tennis skirts and the recent influx of athletic and sexy ladies from the former Soviet Bloc countries (don’t get me wrong…I love Venus and Serena, but they ain’t exactly cute….although I do love Serena’s big ol’ fine legs!)
I’m just hoping the same “butch” element that has poisoned women’s basketball doesn’t reach into women’s volleyball, track, and other sports. Ed Temple, the coach of the legendary 1960’s era Tennessee State Tigerbelle track teams, insisted his girls wear dresses, makeup, and heels at all public events outside of the track because as he said, “When it comes to women athletes, people want to see foxes, not oxes!” Oh man….imagine if a coach in today’s PC America said that!!

JibberJabber on March 24, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Men and women are built differently. Its not politically correct to say these days but the differences in body fat, upper body strength, stamina, etc. have all been scientifically documented. And it goes to behavioral traits and interests between the sexes, too. Not one person has ever demonstrated differences in biology and psychological makeup between men and women are the result of discrimination. Feminists have repeatedly tried to erase gender differences and they have failed in their quest. There are reasons why men do heavy construction jobs and women do teaching and nursing jobs and men play basketball and women excel in figuring skating that have nothing to do with the existence of societal discrimination.
Debbie can name them. Can Christine Brennan?

NormanF on March 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I’m not familiar with this Christine Brennan, but struggle with her statement that referring to a woman as a ‘lady’ is degrading. Man, I can think of plenty of words that would be degrading, but lady sure ain’t one of them. Then again, if you’re physically a woman who secretly wishes to be a man (even though you hate men) then being called a lady probably is a huge insult. How convoluted is that thinking…?

swq on March 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm

californiascreaming – I don’t necessarily disagree with most of your comments, but your comment about men’s gymnastics being “run by gays” is way off base! You should attend a men’s club meet or an NCAA meet sometime. I guarantee you that you’ll be very impressed, if not amazed, by the amount of strength, flexibility and athleticism on display…definitely a very “hetero” and macho group of very well-behaved young men.

stickitmedia on March 24, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Is there a video available somewhere of the debate between Christine Brennan and Debbie Schlussel on “Outside the Lines”?
Why are feminists wasting time complaining about these petty, sports-related issues? They should focus on serious concerns like wife beating, polygyny and female genital mutilation. It seems they are scared to confront Mohamadans on these important instances of misogyny.

Defeat_Islam! on March 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Deb unfortunately I live in one of two states that actually HAS FANS of this stuff…CT being one and Tennessee the other.
By the way, when I started to move to the right I would send my former boss at National Pubic hair Radio Tandi Wilder your articles blasting the Title IX entitlement genre…and she would go drama queen on me! I think that shows she is a lesbian. Needless to say she and I are not on good terms anymore!
Well I got news for ya…after an absence from radio she is in one of the biggest lesbian enclaves in the world…MIAMI, FL…working for NPR’s station down there…WLRN.
http://wlrn.org/web/biography.php?id=20
And I worked for this site She Got Game mentioned in “her” bio, which I am proud to say met its demise…now if only something can be done about the lesbo-f** group called the WNBA.
If I was in David Stern’s shoes, the “league” would be destroyed and I would tell the “womyn”–NOTE THE SPELLING DEAR FRIENDS AND GENTLE HEARTS–what my mom told me while trying to find a job in broadcasting…
FIND YOURSELF A REAL JOB!
Now some of these womyn are married, but I think to men who turned in their man-cards!
I think it’s in the Old Testament and please someone correct me if I am wrong, that living as a homosexual is an abomination…hey the so-called Religion of Peace wants DEATH to the homos. And just where is Queer Nation? BLASTING THINGS LIKE PROP 8! I GUESS QUEER NATION HAS A FETISH FOR DEATH!

NEPatriot on March 26, 2009 at 7:22 am

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